Creative Writing at Yale

Creative writing workshop under the guidance of a published author

Summer Springboard program located on the campus of Yale University

Program Highlights

Develop a portfolio of work from different writing genres, including gonzo journalism, poetry, fiction, and scriptwriting
Discover inspiration and cultivate your skills through daily writing exercises and mentor texts
Become a stronger writer by honing reading skills and diving deep into short stories, poems, drama, articles, and essays
Learn more about academic pathways and career opportunities for individuals passionate about the written word
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Tuition:

Residential Price: $4,998 USD (+ supplemental fees)

Extended Commuter Price: $3,398 USD (+ supplemental fees)

Commuter Price: $2,798 USD (+ supplemental fees)

Dates:

Late June: June 20-July 2, 2021

Early July: July 4-July 16, 2021

Late July: July 18-July 30, 2021

Location:

Yale University
New Haven, CT

Testimonials

  • I learned about what I can accomplish as a devoted writer if I work hard enough. If I just write all the time, no matter how rough of a draft it is, I’ll come up with something meaningful.

    Iyanna L.

  • This course taught me a lot about writing techniques and skills and allowed me to rediscover my love for writing and stories.

    Alex J.

Course Overview

Words have power. Words shape how people perceive reality. Words can change the world. Join Summer Springboard’s Creative Writing program and become immersed in the study of four different genres using the Writer’s Workshop methodology. Through a variety of lessons, writing prompts, guest speakers, field trips, and time to put pen to paper, the course will sharpen writing skills and love of the written word. Discover what it takes to be a novelist, a poet, a scriptwriter, and a gonzo journalist.

Excursions will include a visit to the iconic home of one of America’s greatest writers, Mark Twain.

Meet your instructor

Instructor

Dr. Lisa Acerbo, Ed.D

Dr. Lisa Acerbo is a university professor and published author of five young adult and new adult novels. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Acerbo helps judge a local annual literary competition and arts festival. She holds her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and has always loved reading and writing.

Topics you'll explore

Hands-On Learning


Practice the craft of writing daily in a supportive environment, with plenty of time to revise work after input from instructors and peers. While the course will strengthen core writing skills, the focus is on exploring new forms of expression and stretching talent. Come prepared to write short scripts for television after in-depth discussions on the importance of dialogue. Ultimately, participants drive the curriculum based on their writing interests.

creative writing collaboration

Career Exploration


Throughout the program, you’ll prepare for publication and submit a finalized piece of writing to an appropriate online or print magazine. You’ll meet a variety of experts in the field of writing and publishing who will provide advice and tips on academic preparation and career pathways to explore. This helps students make better informed decisions about some of life’s most important choices.

Mark Twain House in CT

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